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Posted on 12/09/06 11:11 PM
The Shining (1980)
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
[left] As I have not seen many horror films it will be hard for me to make my judgement on this compared to others. I am steadily getting into Kubrick's fine library of films. He is one of the most artistic and talented directors I have seen. Out of the films of his I have seen he always manages to bring something new and original to the story and the film. His films are intriguing and entertaining. This film was no different.
I had often heard criticism of the film being Kubrick's worst picture. Well I think this film was brilliant. First of all the acting. This film has such fine performances that I just don't understand the criticism toward Jack Nicholson. He delivered a great performance and he play a menacing psycho very well. Always having just a disturbing and terrifying look to him. Shelby Duvall was good but not great. Her voice was a tad bit annoying as well as her behavior but, that may just be the character. Danny Lloyd was great as well considering that he was a child.
It's amazing that Kubrick was able to direct the entire film without the kid knowing it was a horror film. The other supporting roles where fine as well. The story and script were also pretty top notch. The story getting a little confusing jumping between characters and situations but, you figure it all out in the end. There is not that much dialog but, all the good lines are spoken by Jack Nicholson and in a very menacing way. The strongest point of this film is by far the directing. Never have I seen such beautiful camera work done on a horror film. Kubrick's tracking shots are amazing.
My favorite being the first tracking shot of Danny on his tricycle and it circles around the room. Like all of Kubrick's films this one stands out as a fine piece of art. The camera work is absolutely stunning. This film is by far the most artistic horror film. As for the horror....creep. This on is different. There is really no parts that make you jump more of creepy images that scare you. The film reallies on music to get the jumps. What a fine and horrifying score it is. The cinematography is also very good. Kubrick's use of bright red and orange is brilliant. I don't think there is one shot in the film that doesn't include bright red in it. Except maybe towards the end.
Overall this is a horror film close to perfection. Maybe I am giving it a little to much praise but, it just really stood out to me. Easily one of the best horror films ever and a notable high lite of Kubrick's career. I recommend this film to anyone who is looking for some of the best tracking shots ever and a good scare. Great film.
Posted on 11/26/06 03:29 PM
From Russia With Love (1963)
[size=4]Directed By: Terence Young
Well with all the excitement from Casino Royale I am in the Bond mood. I never really was a big Bond fan because I really had only seen Brosnan Bonds and they were quite boring to me. I thought I had seen this film when I was younger but, it turns out that I did not remember a single thing from the film when I sat down to watch it. I had always remembered that this was a good film but, it was really just a blur. So I count my most recent viewing as a first viewing.
Well this was my first Connery Bond film and I must say Connery is great. There was always something about Brosnan that just sort of annoyed me. The new Daniel Craig makes a fantastic Bond and to me is at par with Conney. Connery's performance was top notch in this film. He had all the charm and wit Bond is supposed to have. He even delivered those one-liners after doing something heroic perfectly. Connery is Bond in my opinion. The Bond girl Tatiana Romanova played by Daniela Bianchi is one of the best I have seen. None of the ones in Brosnan's Bond films really where that sexy and beautiful. Daniela had it all and delivered a fine performance.
Me being a huge film of classics had a blast with this film. The bad voice dubbing at some points and sometimes loud sound effects in places that didn't need it. All of it is what makes this film great. Bond's gadgets are very cool. His briefcase was very neat and came in handy quite often. I really want that little sniper rifle that came in it. The film is more plot driven then action but, I liked that edge to it. My favorite kind of action films are plot driven ones. When the film had action it was exciting, specially the helicopter scene and the shoot out at the gypsies camp. The music really just consist of the Bond theme but, it was fine with me since that is one of the coolest movie themes ever.
Overall I had a great time watching this film. It was exciting and had fine performances. This ranks up there as my favorite Bond and possibly one of my favorite action films. I look forward to watching Goldfinger and Dr. No. I recommend seeing this if your looking for a classic action film.
Posted on 11/12/06 12:09 PM
[size=3]Directed By Martin Scorsese
[size=2] Well I will start first by saying I am new to Scorsese. This being the second film of his I have seen I realize I can't much compare it to his other films. The other Scorsese picture I have seen is Taxi Driver which was a masterpeice. After so I knew Scorsese was a genuis and wanted to see more of his work. I am going to have to wait for The Departed to come on DVD because I am 15 and they will not let me in the theater to see it. After watching this film however Scorsese is growing on me and is now one of my favorite filmmakers and only having seen two of his films.
I have heard many compare the plot to Goodfellas. I can't say that in my reveiw having not seen the film yet. This film is the kind I like. The drama sort but, with a gangster twist to it. The plot was well thought out and played out nicely. I think it is a better rise and fall story than De Palma's Scarface. It also covers casinos and Las Vegas very well. After doing some research I saw how Las Vegas was like this back in the 70's. The script was very well written. Plenty of great and witty dialouge ecspeacilly from Joe Pesci.
The acting is top notch as well. Robert De Niro whom I already know is a fine actor was excellent in this film. I found myself thinking that this is my favorite of his characters. He was the only charecter I liked through the entire film and agreed with his actions. This film being my first time to see Joe Pesci in a gangster role I was suprised how well he pulled it off. He always had a vibe comeing off of him like he was a bomb waiting to explode. I began to despise his charecter toward the end however but, that made the movie all the more better. This is also my first film to see Sharon Stone. What a talented actress she is. She perfectly portrayed her charecter whom which I hated by the middle of the film. She played white trash so well if thats such a phrase.
All the extra's in the film where belivable and well played. There are alot of charecters to keep up with but, if you pay attention you can get it. Martin Scorsese is a genuis of a director. Thats really all I can say about that. The cinematography was brillantily thought out. It started out with a bright background and all the bright lights and as the film got more darker so did the cinematography with dark and sometimes black backgrounds and the smoke from the cigarettes I found stood out more as well.
The film over all is great and very entertaining. I highly recomend seeing it if you haven't and I hope you enjoy it as much as I. This makes me excited to see Scorsese's other pictures and even though he has many other classics I need to see I have a strong feeling this will come out as one of my favorites.
Posted on 5/19/06 07:18 PM
The Da Vinci Code
Well I just got back from seeing The Da Vinci Code. I have read the book and loved it. I would like to start of by saying that I don't know what the critics where smokeing but this film rocks. Yes it has a good bit of talking scenes but I found them very intresting ecspeacilly backed up with epic flashbacks of the crusades and other historical events. However this movie is not dull what so ever. Sure it does lose pace a bit due to the talking scenes but thoose scenes are needed to futher the plot of the film or else the audience would not know what was going on. When the pace does pick up it is a very entertaining experince.
The peformances of the actors where very well done unlike the critics have said. Tom Hanks performance was not his best but it was well done fitting his charecter Robert Langdon very well. Audrey Tautou also did a very well portrayel of Sophie Neveu, I felt at times she was just rippend strait from the book itself. Ian Mckellen's performance was the grand of them, he truely is Sir Leigh Teabing. He and Tom Hanks brought in humor at times where it was needed. All the other performances where well portrayed ecspeacilly Paul Bettany's role of Silas who I fell stole the show.
The production side of the film was good also. Ron Howard I feel could not have done any better. I feel the film was what it needed to be. I think what was the letdown was that people went in expecting a huge fast paced non-stop thriller. What they got was a suspense/drama. Which is exactly what The Da Vinci Code is. Hugh Zeffers score of course made the film whole with exciteing numbers makeing you feel the emotion on screen. Don't go into this film expecting what the critics said because thats exactly what you will see. Go into it with an open mind and you will get good thrilling entertainment but also an intresting point that puts your mind to the test.
Me and my grandmother where talking about the film the whole way home because it definitly brings out some intresting discussion topics. This film is the film we where expecting. It was just misleaded under all the other things surronding it. This is overall a fun film. It takes you on an entertaining and thrilling experience, but also puts you mind to the test and leads you to ask "what if". It is a deeply involving and intrigueing film and I loved every minute. Don't listen to the critics on this one go and see for yourself. You will have a great time.
Posted on 5/14/06 04:46 PM
After watching the DVD yesterday I really fell in love with The Incredibles. I know most of you have seen it being it's a Pixar film, but I never really watched it and let it absorb me so much. When you let this film do that it truely is a great film. It is my favorite animated film because it has just about everything you would want from a film. The animation is just amazing, some of the stuff they pull off in this film is mind blowing. Brad Bird did an excellent job in directing this masterpeice.
The voice overs where also extremely well. Samuel L. Jackson being my facvorite, since he is my favorite actor. If you look past all the great things however you find that this film has a timeless story. A slightly predictible one yes but a wonderful story none the less. It deals with real issues through fantasy. Combineing drama, action, suspense, and comedy all in one. The comedy was not as strong as their previous film Finding Nemo but it has it's moments. Thats the beauty of the humor in this film. It's not forced upon you it brings in a joke every now and then that has you smileing just about through the whole film.
This film truely deserved the Best Animated Film award. I think it is Pixars best work yet. Now I hold my breath and hope Cars does the same. So if your reading this reveiw and have not seen the film thinking it is a a "kiddie" movie I recomend you see it at once. If you have I would love to hear from you wether you agree or disagree with my reveiw leave me a comment. This movie is a treasure and I am proud to have it in my DVD collection.